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Course Description

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This course studies the social drivers of global environmental change and examines how influential governance organizations work in response. The course explores interactions among socio-economic systems, governance institutions, and biophysical processes. Specific attention is given to the causes of climate change and its implications for people and the places they call home.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Articulate the general trends in global environmental changes, along with the mechanisms by which local processes influence global processes and vice versa;
  2. Identify the factors that influence the vulnerability of a community or a region to global environmental change;
  3. Build a mental map (cause-effect diagramming) to identify and communicate the complex relationships between social and biophysical systems that influence the vulnerability of a community or a region to global environmental change; and
  4. Contribute to strategic planning discussions and exercises about ways that a municipality / province / country might respond to global environmental change.

Course Topics

  • Overview and Impacts
  • Addressing Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Deforestation & Biodiversity
  • Desertification & Soils
  • Freshwater, Oceans and Marine Fisheries
  • Sustainable Development

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits (GEOG*2210 recommended)


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Evidence-Based Blog Posts (2 x 10%) 20% 1, 4
Responses to Blog Posts (2 x 5%) 10% 1, 4
Individual  Project: Strategic Planning for Global Environmental Change 30% 2, 3, 4
Unit 08 Quiz 15%  
Take-Home Final Exam 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
Total 100%  



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Zoom as a video communication tool.  A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. 


Please view the Technical Considerations.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Global Environmental Change
May 11, 2023 to August 04, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) This course does not use a textbook.
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